Around 120 million people in the United States are missing a tooth or have damaged teeth. Dental crowns are a long-lasting solution to many tooth problems. They are designed to restore full functionality and protect your teeth from further decay or damage.
Crowns are made from porcelain, metal alloys, composite resin, and porcelain fused to metal. Ideal candidates are those with cracked, broken, decayed, discolored, and damaged teeth.
Here are 7 important things to know before getting dental crowns.
The process of getting a crown involves a local anesthetic to numb the surrounding area around the tooth. The procedure is quick and as long as the crown is fitted well you shouldn’t experience any discomfort after the procedure. Most patients report the tooth feeling and being just as effective as their natural teeth.
1. Crowns Look Like Your Other Teeth
A mold of your tooth is taken and the color is matched perfectly to blend in with your other teeth. You can expect your dental crown to be as natural-looking and functional as your other teeth.
2. They Last a Long Time
Porcelain dental crowns are considered high quality and durable. Typically, they last up to 15 years. They are a long-term solution that fixes many issues.
3. They Don’t Cause Pain
The procedure goes as follows:
- The dentist numbs the tooth and surrounding tissue.
- Impressions are taken to determine the size, fit, and color of the crown.
- The dentist prepares your tooth by removing fillings or any existing materials from the tooth.
- The final impression is taken.
- A temporary crown is fabricated to protect your prepared teeth.
- The permanent crown is created and the dentist cements the new crown in place. Your Crown Requires Care
4. Your Crown Requires Care
Normal dental hygiene practices such as brushing, flossing and using mouth wash is the best way to care for crowns and your natural teeth. Your goal is to prevent plaque buildup and further tooth decay. Regular dental check-ups are required as well.
5. It Covers Discolored Teeth
Some teeth are permanently discolored due to medication, injury, and other issues. A crown covers the discoloration and matches the color of your other teeth. Many patients report smiling with self-confidence after getting a crown to cover their discolored tooth.
6. Covers Dental Implants
According to the American College of Prosthodontists, about 2.3 million implant-supported crowns are made annually. Dental implants involve having a screw placed into your jawbone and a crown getting placed where the tooth used to be. The crown covers the dental implant so the screw doesn’t get exposed. The crown allows you to chew and eat your favorite foods as if you still had your natural tooth.
7. Protects Weak Teeth
Weak teeth are common among adults. A crown protects the weak tooth and prevents it from further decay or damage.
Dental crowns are designed to look natural and act as a natural tooth. It protects teeth from further damage as well as fixes numerous problems. It’s a painless procedure that restores your overall oral health and boosts your self-confidence.
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